Recycling old jewelry into new jewelry involves taking apart a few pieces, choosing the beads and pendants you like, and restringing them onto a new wire. Reuse vintage or secondhand jewelry with a demonstration by a professional jewelry artist in this free video on making jewelry.
Hi, my name is Shawn Wilson with Shaviq Designs, and today I am going to show you how to make recycled jewelry. The materials that you are going to need are several pieces of old jewelry, secondhand antique shop out of grandmother's jewelry chest, whatever. The next thing you will need, some flex wire to restring your project, and you will need some good tools. Rosary needle-nose pliers, you will need some wire cutters, and you are going to need crimping tools. You will also need a set of crimps and jump rings, and then your lobster to finish it, and some other seed beads to fill it in that go in your project. For the first step, choose your pieces of jewelry that you want to disassemble, and I have this beautiful cross that I am going to use. I won't be using that chain that it is on thought, so save the chain for a recycled project; and I have a great bracelet here with some beautiful beads that I am going to cut apart and reuse all of these supplies. And the next thing is, I use is this fleece mat because it keeps my beads in place and keeps them from rolling away. So, get yourself a great piece of fleece; it helps a lot. And, rearrange your beads in the pattern that works best for you. So, the fleece is so helpful. And then, fill it in with whatever other beads you might want to add, but I really like these, large black seed beads, so. Once you kind of get it laid out, take your time, you know, it might take a while to get a pattern figured out that you like. Once you have your pattern, though, next is your flex wire, and flex wire is so nice and thick, it actually works as your needle also. And, the flex wire will keep your project in good shape, and from the string breaking. If your beads are thick enough, it will cut right through your strings, you want to make sure you use a good thick flex wire. And then start picking up your beads. And string it, it will take you probably five to ten minutes to to string your whole project. Now that I have my project strung, the last step is to do the crimps and the jump rings. This is a behind-the-scene stuff, so your tiny little crimp beads. You go through the crimp bead, through a jump ring, and then back through the crimp bead. Now, this you will, I have a very special little tool here just for crimps, and you squish it once, you squish it twice. Now, you have to do the same thing to the second side. Once you have both sides crimped and jumped, add your, either a toggle or a little lobster clasp, but now is the time to add your little clasp at the end of the project. Now that I have crimped both sides and added the lobster clasp, I have a finished necklace; and so that is how you make jewelry out of recycled jewelry.